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Zuzanna Dziuban

Research Fellow (12/2014 - 08/2015)


The Afterlife of the ‚Aktion Reinhardt‘ Extermination Camps


Dziuban webThe project aims at providing a comprehensive and interdisciplinary analysis of the afterlife of the ‘Aktion Reinhardt’ extermination camps. By tracing the fate of the former camps in scholarly research, memory cultures, public debates and art, from 1943 until today, the project attempts to portray Bełżec, Sobibór, and Treblinka as complex and multidimensional social, cultural, and political phenomena. The former camps are to be understood as both constantly changing physical sites and as challenging subjects of historical research, legal proceedings, cultural and artistic representations, and arenas of private and public commemorative activities. At the same time, the project seeks to explore and investigate the interdependencies between these distinct but inevitably interrelated realms. In this way, a historical, empirically based study is located within a framework of a broader theoretical reflection on history, politics, justice, memory, and space – the former ‘Aktion Reinhardt’ extermination camps become a prism through which post-war memory politics and, more generally, the dynamics of Holocaust memory can be analysed.


Zuzanna Dziuban holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. She has been a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Konstanz (Research Group ‘Geschichte & Gedächtnis’), at the Humboldt University of Berlin and the House of the Wannsee Conference in Berlin. Her current research interests focus on the relation between violence, memory, and space, the Holocaust and the post-war cultural politics of grief.

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